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ence has been very stressful and challenging for me and my family. although i no longer have ebola, i know that it may be a while before i have my strength back. so can gratitude and respect for everyone's concern, i ask for my privacy and my family's privacy be respected as i return to texas and try to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog bentley. [ laughter ] >> thank you, everyone. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. before i open up for questions, i want to recognize two people who really helped us in linking with nina and getting to know her as essentially a member of our family here at n.i.h. and that is nina's mother, diana, and her sister, kathy. [ applause ]
>> okay. questions? >> dr. fauci, how do you know she is virus free? what did you do for her while she was here at n.i.h.? >> well, we know she's virus free because we now have five negative consecutive negative pcrs on her. now, i don't want anyone to take from that that that is the norm and the standard. , that you can only guarantee someone virus free because of five. we can d that because this is a research institution. but that's not the norm. we provided her with supportive care and that's something i've been saying all along that one of the most important things in brinebola patient to health is to give them the kind of medical general support to allow their own body to then be able to fight off the virus and essentially get rid of the virus. >> [ inaudible question ]
>> i would leave that up to her but it's not up for me to answer. >> given all the circumstances that exist, with the doctor in new york right now, should americans returning from the ebola zone be forced into a more strictor mandatory quarantine? >> something that is right now under active discussion and you'll be hearing shortly about what the guidelines will be, but i want to point out to remember that it isn't just the cdc and the federal government, but the states have an awful lot to say about what happens when people come in. but you'll be hearing more about that. >> you're an expert right now but your take right now, because there is real concern in new york if you went to a bowling alley or sit on the subway car, you might be in trouble. is that an unreasonable concern? >> i think we can repeat what i've been saying all the time, that the way you get ebola is by direct contact with the body fluids of an ill individual. and if you don't have that, you do not have to worry about ebola. and i think that's important to point out that you must
separate the issue of the risk to a general public with the risk with brave people like nina and her colleague. they are two different things. nina put herself in a situation where they knew it was a risk but because of her character and bravery and that of her colleagues in itself field, she happened to unfortunately get -- in the field, she happened to unfortunately get infected. that's a different story than the general public. she was with a very sick person. >> what have you learned by treating nina pham? what have you learned and what experimental drugs if any did you use and what can you teach other doctors such as dr. spencer? >> first of all, we did not administer to nina any experimental drugs while she was here under our care. we followed her. we have a considerable amount of laboratory data. remember, this is only one patient. we are in contact and discussion with our colleagues at emory and at nebraska.
we continually compare notes back and forth. and i think it's important for people to understand that there's a public health issue, and there's the scientific issue of understanding what's going on. and that essentially is what we do here. pry mayor it's the care of the patient first -- primarily it's the care of the patient first but together with that is to learn information that might help others. that's easy to do when you have a whole bunch of people that you can collect data on. but when you have one or two or three, you've got to focus very much and try to get enough information where gradually we'll be able to say things that will help others who are taking care of patients. that's the reason why we may have done different kinds of lab tests or more of them. that doesn't mean that everybody has to do that, but we're trying to learn from that. >> dr. fauci, why did it take so long to get an ebillion la vaccine -- ebola vaccine? there are reports there was one ready to go a decade ago? >> there are a lot of reasons
why to get a vaccine, you separate that from a vaccine candidate. if you're saying a vaccine something you can distribute, since of all since ebola is a disease that has outbreaks and disappears, it's very difficult to be able to prove something except in the setting of disease which we're actually trying very hard to do right now when we go from the phase one study, when we show it's safe and that it induces a response that you can predict would be protective, we're planning a larger efficacy trial, a randomized control trial to be able to do that as well as some other design. in direct answer to your question, you might recall that we started on this ten years ago. and we've done different improvements. one must appreciate that the incentive for a pharmaceutical company to get involved in putting a major investment to develop a vaccine for a disease that up until this outbreak had less than 2500 people infected,
we did not have the kind of incentivization on the part of industry. we certainly have that now. so it was not essentially a scientific obstacle and it was not an obstacle of wanting to have one. it was the ability to actually bring all the cards together to get that. >> the ability to get funding for it? >> well, first of all, the funding one is a very complicated issue. i think we should put that off the table because we're really talking about what we're doing right now. and we're on the way in the sense of we have the capability and the resources to do the trial that hopefully will start in the beginning of 200015. -- 2015. >> can you pinpoint a turning point in your care where you saw things turning around, saw the tide turning in your favor? >> well, you know, i don't want to make an absolute statement on that because remember, she was taken care of by very good people in two separate
hospitals. when she was in texas presbyterian, she was in the process of actually doing better. she came to us and she continued to do better and better. we both supported her, so i can't pinpoint in one patient what was the turning point. the only thing we're really happy about, that the turning point occurred. >> was the plasma donation from dr. brantly, is that a key? >> that is conceivable but you can't prove that the question you may not have heard was the plasma transfusion from dr. kent brantly. certainly that could be the case but when you have so many separate factors at the same time going into the care of the patient and the end is one for this patient, it's virtually impossible to say that this is the thing that did it and this is the thing that didn't do it. it's just impossible to do. i'm not trying to evade it. that's the reason why you want to do clinical studies where you can actually get that information so that the next
time we have an outbreak or maybe even during this outbreak, we can say this is the recommendation, because we know it works. at this point everything is experimental. and that's what we're trying to do is take the experimental and make it evidence. >> dr. fauci, first of all, nina, since -- we're so happy that you're well. congratulations. we wish you well as you go home today. i want to ask specifically about that -- about nina, about 70% in west africa die because of this virus. what explains the speedy recovery of nina pham and amber vinson, the other nurse? >> again, i wish i could give you the answer to that question but we don't know. but i can tell you the things as a physician what goes into a patient getting better. it's anything from she's young and very healthy, number one. number two, she got into a health care system that was able to give her intensive care early. number two, she was then
transferred to another health care system which was able to give her everything that she needed. that's one of the reasons that almost common sense tells you that that contributed. how can you relate that to 70% versus this percent? it's impossible. >> dr. fauci, what is nina's prognosis? a hundred percent she's cured? any long lasting effects? >> well, first of all, she's cured of ebola. let's get that clear. that's for sure. now, long lasting effects? when you have -- i'll give you an example. a few years ago i had bad influenza. and inflew went today is trivial -- influenza is trivial to ebol la. even though i went back to work, i was feeling tired and worn out. i wouldn't be surprised if over a period of time anyone who has had the experience of recovering from ebola will take time to get their full strength back. she will. whether she gets it back next
week or two weeks, i don't know. that's her. but she's such an incredible lady, she's going to do it quickly. >> along those lines, dr. fauci, are there any restrictions on nina's travel, where she can go, who she can talk to, who she can see and how does she travel back to dallas? will this be a private charter? >> that's -- i would have to leave that confidential right now. because that's something personal and private. i don't want to have hoards on her. she asked for her privacy. we'll give her her privacy. >> can you talk a little bit about the communication with nina's family throughout the process? was she allowed to talk to them and how closely did you relay information about her condition to them as things were unfolding? >> we have a system in there that's easy to communicate. we -- the family talks by phone, by face time and things like that. so when i'm not going in the room, i'm just coming by to say
hello, she taught me how to use face time. [ laughter ] >> anything else? one more and we have to get her off and home. >> as a public health professional, how confident are you that hospitals are getting the proper information so that other health care professionals like nina won't end up in the same situation as we see more ebola patients entering hospitals, caring for them? >> as you probably have noticed, there's a very strong, aggressive educational effort going on that is led by the federal government, the cdc playing a major role in that. we're doing telecoms. we're doing a variety of things that are trying to educate more people, not only educate them but also make sure we have people trained, retrained, practiced, people who have the capability of recognizing, identifying and isolating all of that is really getting scaled up. thank you all very much. we appreciate you being here.
>> are you going to miss nina? >> i'm going to miss her a lot. i gave her my cell phone number just in case i get lonely. [ laughter ] >> you're watching wusa9 at noon. we just finished a press conference where ni nurse being treated at n.i.h. has been declared ebola free. she'll get to go home to texas. that is dr. fauci, director of infectious diseases at n.i.h. he said no experimental drugs were used on her. they put her in a clinical situation so her own body could cure the disease. thanks for joining us for the news at noon. other news now, aviation investigators are on the scene in frederick, maryland, the site of the deadly mid air collision between a helicopter and a small plane yesterday. three people on the chopper were killed during the crash at municipal airport. delia goncalves has been in frederick all morning long and she filed this report.
>> reporter: helicopters concepts has voluntarily suspended all operations as they assist the ntsb with this investigation. >> this is a terrible accident. >> reporter: three people are now dead after a devastating mid air collision at frederick airport thursday afternoon. a helicopter owned by advanced helicopter concepts collided with the plane coming in for a landing. the two men in the plane survived after deploying the aircraft parachute. but the helicopter pilot, 29- year-old christopher parsons and his passengers, 47-year-old william jenkins and 35-year-old brendan macfawn died instantly. >> chris parsons was an experienced helicopter instructor here at advanced helicopters. he was the instructor on board. advanced helicopter concepts is more than a company. we're a close group of people who are almost family. >> reporter: chris hollings a pilot himself took no questions as he spoke to reporters but was clearly emotional. >> this is a horrible day for us. this is just a terrible situation and we're all shocked
and horrified by it. this is something we never want to have happen. >> that was delia goncalves reporting there. a helicopter of the same make and model belonging to the same company crashed on interstate 70 about 15 miles west of frederick back in 2009. back then all four people aboard died. the ntsb ruled that crash was an accident due to poor nighttime visibility all because of fog. there will be more shut eye for students of fairfax county. the school board voted to push back start times for middle and high school. the middle school will start at 7:30. high school around 8:00 a.m. board memberring -- board members cite add link between lack of sleep and achievement of teens. >> two-thirds of them do on
school nights [ inaudible ] >> there was one dissenting vote, kathy smith from the sully district took issue spending $5 million to institute the later start times. the weekend is just about here. howard, take it away. >> checking a couple of cold fronts that are in the seven- day forecast. i've got a lot more positives than negatives. we'll have the forecast for
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we'll have a few passing clouds. the breezes are starting to come down a little bit. highs will make it into the mid and upper 60s. the mix of sun and clouds. this evening falling to 63 at 7:00 and 59 by 9:00. notice the wind speeds from double digits to single digits. that's certainly an improvement. right now looks like the core of the strongest winds are along and east of the bay over toward delmarva gusting east to near 30. out west we're not seeing the gusts showing up. that is a trend in the right direction for this evening. notice 50s and 60s now with 64 one of the warm spots at reagan national. easton as well. 65 in fredricksburg. up to 60 in reedville from jan there. but still only 38 in davis. winter is not too far away from the high country. outside on the weather camera, nice and sunny but officially overcast. a thin layer of high clouds is letting a lot of sun through right now. dew points in the low 40s so the air is relatively dry. northwest at 9 at the moment. that storm is still spinning
there off the atlantic coast. notice how we have these clouds feeding up from the southwest. these are high level clouds. no precip with it so it's not going to rain but it will muddy the skies at times. futurecast, the breeze, there it goes as the storm system in the atlantic pulls north and east. the pressure gradient is going to relax. that will allow the wins to relax. we'll have lighter winds tonight. that will allow temperatures to drop into the 40s tomorrow morning. so a brisk start tomorrow. southwesterly winds. here comes a front tomorrow night. other than a few showers in the mountains, it's not going to do much except bring slightly cooler air for sunday. three-day forecast, 68 today. tonight 40s. tomorrow 70. a very pleasant day. not a bad day on sunday, although breezy, 67. and sunday morning, big, big race. the marine corps marathon. temperatures in the morning 55. sunrise is 7:29. 7:55 start. mid-50s by 9:00. low 60s at 11:00 on our way to again the mid-to the upper 60s. i hope for the runners participating, it's not too
windy. but that's going to be a day where we could have gusts 20 to 25. as we get past sunday, you'll notice the warmer temperatures monday and tuesday, back in the 70s. upper 70s tuesday. by wednesday a chance of showers later on in the afternoon and then on thursday, we've got some cooler weather and again a chance of showers. got a nice musical treat for you to finish out
northwest. this is spencer, one of the area's most recognized pianists. you've probably seen him perform before if you've been out and about. we're happy to have him here. first and foremost, nice to meet you. this is the first time we've met. let's talk about the piano bar. this is opening when? tonight? is it already open? >> we've been open for a little while. we're going to keep building and i am starting full-time coming at the beginning of november. >> congratulations. that's fantastic. when people go to a piano bar, is it all music? is there food, drinks? >> the main thing we're doing here is focusing on piano. we're also building up the ambience as we go, getting things together. the main thing when you walk in, you see a big cherry red piano and everybody gathers around the piano and you make it a good time. >> there are adult beverages? >> of course. we've got beverages named after famous piano players. >> oh, very nice. are you the only one? are you going to be the headline act for a long time?
will there be other piano players? >> we have two main piano players. i'm the main act from sunday through wednesday. and my friend plays on the weekends and some wednesdays as well through saturday. >> good deal. we brought in some of our cool leagues from -- colleagues from wusa9. it's a special friday. we want to send you off with a good time. guys, we'll let spencer play us out. have a good weekend. take it away, spencer. >> you've got it. ♪ ♪ on the south side of chicago ♪ ♪ the baddest part of town ♪ ♪ if you go down there, you better just be ware of a man leroy brown ♪ ♪ ♪ he's bad, bad, leroy
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